The unusually warm weather recently has given me the itch to grab my golf clubs and head on out to the driving range in preparation for another round of golf season.
But as everyone knows, the earlier in the season you try to golf, the more you’re likely to run into weather issues.
This year seems like it will be no exception to the rule. The old Utah weather joke of “if you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes for it to change” will likely apply on several occasions as February turns to March and even April.
It’s well-known throughout this area of Utah that the weather can, and likely will, change over the course of a day at times, leading to some interesting golf outings for some.
I’m no stranger to this phenomenon myself. During my introductory years golfing, my buddies and I slipped on our bags in the middle of spring and headed out to the course on what starts out to be a nice day.
We quickly realized that it was a bad idea all along, and halfway through our round we’d get either rained on, snowed on, or on one occasion even hailed on as the temperature felt like it fell 10 degrees in a matter of minutes.
Those days make a bad golf day turn into a good one, depending on what you’re shooting by the time you have to find shelter.
I still remember one occasion when my brother-in-law and I went out for a round somewhere in the Ogden area. We picked a tee time so early in the day that the thermometer barely read 40 degrees, and even though it was sunny, the hot breakfast he had ordered had nearly frozen by the time we hit the second hole.
It was one of those thoughts you have that sound like a good idea at first, only it turns into something of a nightmare once everything starts falling apart around you.
I’m likely to wait until March before heading to the driving range this year. I went through my usual winter routine of locking up my clubs once the snow hit the ground, and I haven’t touched a single club since, except for the new driver I got for a birthday present. It went straight to the bag and hasn’t been touched since.
If some of you are itching to get out there earlier, I have had a few calls come in from courses that said they have already opened for the new year.
One of them is Bountiful Ridge. Kent McComb recently gave me a call and said his course is open and will be accepting tee times. I have yet to golf it myself, so that’s a course I’m going to put on my list to do this season.
Another course opening up is Layton’s Swan Lakes Golf Course. They’re currently taking tee times and are starting to accept registrations for several of its youth programs for this season.
Lakeside is also open for business and taking tee times over in West Bountiful.
There are certain to be several others opening in the coming weeks, and the current weather makes for a perfect time to come out and celebrate the coming of spring.
Beware, however, of the ever-changing Utah weather along the Wasatch Front. One minute you’re basking the sun and ready to hit a tee shot down the next fairway, and the next minute people are ducking for the best cover from the elements they could find.
See you out on the course, and by all means, carry an umbrella.